Posted by: Hailey | April 7, 2010

What has more tannins than red wine?

All Star!After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. This drink, made from steeping leaves of theCamellia sinensis plant, can come in all tastes and colors. In general, it is slightly astringent and full of antioxidants.

While all tea is made from the same species of plant, the actual flavors, aromas, color and transparency of the tea will be different depending on the variety used, how the leaves are grown, and processed.  There are exceptions to this such asherbal teas which use an infusion of other plants to give even different flavors and aroma. There are six main types of teas including white, yellow, green, oolong, black, and pu-erh which is fermented aged- similar to wine. Tea also comes in many different forms including loose leaf, in bags (those were invented in the US in the 1904), and as blooming tea balls.All of which impart a different experience for the senses.

As one of the world’s oldest drinks, tea has been consumed since before 10,000 B.C. and got its start in China. Today, many Asian countries are known for cultivating tea including China, Japan, India, and Thailand. Tea isAll Star! produced in many parts of the world though and each country/region has a specialty or certain teas they produce most.The U.S. only has one tea plantation located inSouth Carolina. However, the U.S. does have a hand in the history of tea creatingteabags in the early 1900s and sweet tea in the same year. However, sweet tea is widely a drink only consumed in the United States.

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